How does self-healing work?
One of the beautiful things about reiki is its simplicity, and all you need is a pair of hands. Self-healing is easy and the best way to practice when you are not offering reiki to others, and it’s a great way to recharge your batteries and detect any areas of your body that’s low on energy.
Start and finish your day with reiki – remember to heal yourself before healing others!
People who are in “healing business” tend to be very caring about others, so much so that they tend to go out of their way to help others and in the end deplete their own energy.
Self healing is a great way to re-energize yourself both physically and mentally, and detect any weaknesses.
Difference between Western Reiki and Japanese Reiki
In western reiki, there is a set of fixed hand positions for self-healing in the following order: crown of head, face, throat, back of head, upper chest, lower ribs, navel, lower abdomen.
In Japanese reiki, because the emphasis is on “byosen”, (see my post on “byosen” here), it is best to listen to your body and follow your instincts.
Here is one way of giving yourself self-healing.
Center yourself with gasho meditation (more on “gassho meditation” here), place one hand on your heart and one hand on your stomach or lower abdomen. Alternatively, place both hands on the stomach area, one hand above the naval, and another hand below the naval.
Head, eyes, neck and shoulders are key places where you can give self-healing. If you’re pregnant, you can give your belly the reiki. You can give your stomach reiki after your meals to help the digestive system.
I often have a backache, so whenever I have time, I place my hand on my lower back where I have the pain. Once you locate the byosen, leave your hands there for as long as it is necessary (again, remember to listen to your body).
Self-healing strengthens the flow of energy
More self healing you give yourself, easier it becomes for the reiki energy to flow through your body and it becomes easier for you to sense the byosen whether on your own body or of the clients’.
This can be practiced any time of the day, either just when you wake up in the morning, during the day, or before going to sleep at night.
Before I had my son, my morning practice used to consist of reiki, yoga and meditation for about an hour. Now my morning practice has shrunk to just a few minutes of giving myself reiki, but it is still a great way to start a day.
At night, I try to give myself reiki while watching TV or reading. Over the years, I’ve definitely become more sensitive to reiki energy flowing through and my hands have become more and more receptive to byosen.
Even if you are not a practitioner, and you have not gone through a training, try giving yourself a reiki and see if you are able to feel the warmth of your hands, and try offering reiki to others around you.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below!